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Oil on linen, ready to hang.

Signed on the front.

My current body of work depicts the southern Tasmanian landscape. The large scale impressionistic paintings show a movement, an aliveness of time and place while the graphically dense details of the eddies in the tannin rich waters provides a point of focus allowing the view's eye to fall into the swirl and be carried into the image. The directional painted strokes guide the viewers eye through the space. The tributaries and paths move within the painted picture plain to allow the audience to establish a narrative within and guide the eye throughout. I have now completed a series of circular paintings that depict the Weld, Styx and Arve rivers that flow into the major waterways in the far south are stereo views of place. The titles of the works eludes to a historical implement for viewing. The stereoscope was a device once used to view far distant lands that were difficult to access. It allowed folk to travel without leaving home. These works speak of a time when perhaps these spaces are no longer in existence. All the preliminary drawings and photographic documentation were gathered at points where only a hundred meters away, were scenes of major destruction and decimation of land through heavy handed forestry activities. The decimation of extensive areas of ancient old growth forest surround these spaces. The roads that were traveled to reach these sublime spaces, are the very same roads and road networks that were established and are well used by boundless machinery and logging trucks that cart away our very lifeline of existence. It seems likely these images may become the last painted depictions of these places due to the continued industrialisation and urban growth into natural areas. Are these painted images destined to become amongst the last depictions of these spaces when it all is disconnected and bare? A wasteland of memories? We have to consider the possibility these stereoscopes captured in oil and pigment will be the only way to view these landscapes in the coming decades, assuming even they survive the wanton expansionisn of the human race. Will the stereoscopes of the future be the only way of comprehending these views that will no longer exist in 10, 20 or 30 years? --a reminder of what we could preserve from being mindful of the destruction caused by our collective narrow focus on fiscal gain prioritised over the earths bounty of natural rescources and beauty. What are we all collectivity losing from this practice of narrow focus financial gain?

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